LETTER: Surrey’s trees – and now its kids – are taking back seat to rampant growth

What are we trying to prove in Surrey? That we can fill every piece of property with three-storey townhouses or megahouses?

What are we trying to prove in Surrey

The Editor,

What is becoming of our beautiful city?

I have lost hours of sleep wondering what we can do to stop the City of Surrey from taking down our trees, particularly in Green Timbers.

Did the city forget that these trees provide beauty, clean air, homes for wildlife (what’s left of it) and peace and enjoyment for the residents who enjoy nature?

I have written my letter to the newspaper, I have signed the online petition (savegreentimbers.ca), I have made a donation to that website – and there is still no sign that  Surrey’s elected officials are listening. What else can we do?

Now, on top of my stress about our trees, I am losing sleep over the rampant development that is putting our children’s education at risk.

How can the politicians even consider allowing more housing in areas like Panorama Ridge and Clayton? I am so sorry for the families who have moved to these areas in the past years, thinking they were in an area that well provided for themselves and their children. The past few years have brought horrendous parking issues in the Clayton area that just won’t go away.

Now, many of the children can’t even go to school in their catchment areas – and the city is approving more housing!

What are we trying to prove in Surrey?  That we can fill every piece of property with three-storey townhouses or megahouses?  That we can take a beautiful piece of land attached to our jewel, Green Timbers Park, and fill it with every kind of building imaginable?

Please, leave these treed areas alone and concentrate more on our children, their education and their futures.

Karen Bleasby, Surrey

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